Bin Laden journals reveal plans to kill President Obama
U.S. officials analyzing the data found in Osama bin Laden's compound during the raid that killed him told have learned is that the al Qaeda leader wanted to find a way to kill President Barack Obama, ABC News reports.
“I think what this new information indicates is that he was more involved than people realize,” said Steve Jones, an analyst with RAND Corp.
U.S. agents have had their first access to bin Laden's three wives, but reportedly they were not cooperative and hostile.
The first revenge attack killed 80 outside a military training center in Pakistan.
A pair of suicide bombers killed 80 military recruits and wounded 140 people Friday in Pakistan outside a center partially funded by the U.S. “Osama was our great leader and the killers of Osama will have to pay its price,” said a Taliban spokesperson. "Pakistani and the U.S. forces should be ready for more attacks."
President Obama has acknowledged that threats against his own grandmother from another al Qaeda group are being closely monitored along with threats to American citizens, according to ABC News.
In the journals discovered at his compound, bin Laden urged his followers to assassinate President Obama and disrupt the 2012 American elections. ABC News consultant and former FBI profiler Brad Garrett told the network bin Laden’s quest to kill the President is a personal one. “The president obviously has a Muslim history. He's not following bin Laden's philosophy of what a true Islamist should be doing,” Garrett said.
"He is incensed, inflamed, obsessed about killing the President," Garrett told ABC News.
An attack on as high-profile a target as the U.S. President would demonstrate al Qaeda’s reach. “The ultimate goal in killing or cutting down the United States would be to take out its president,” Garrett said.
Among the data was also a stash of pornography, discovered in a wooden box in bin Laden’s bedroom. “It's surprising that pornography was found because he was known to be a rather austere man, a rather religious man, a man who gave up the world,” said Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed.
The Navy SEALs responsible for killing bin Laden have told Secretary of Defense Robert Gates they’re concerned about their safety. “When I met with the team last Thursday, they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families,” Gates said.
“The operation is done, they performed flawlessly, right now it's we need to be protected,” said former SEAL Chris Heben. “Please protect us.”